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Live Cricket Score: India vs Bangladesh, Pink-ball Day-Night Test, Eden Gardens, Kolkata


WICKET: Ishant sends back Mahmudullah
A tentative poke from Mahmudullah, and a fantastic one-handed low take from Wriddhiman Saha. Bangladesh 60/6 now.
WICKET: Umesh gets his third
The procession continues. This time it's Shadman Islam who is nicking behind to a delivery angled away. It's all a bit too easy for India right now.
WICKET: Shami strikes now
It's the big wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim. He too chops on a length ball to the stumps. Is the pink ball proving to be extra skiddy? Bangladesh in tatters at 26/4!
WICKETS: Two in three for Umesh
A stunning catch by Rohit Sharma, diving to his right and plucking out a one-handed grab sends Mominul back. Umesh then strikes with the third ball of his new spell too, castling Mohammad Mithun for a duck. Same old story for Bangladesh who are now staring down the barrel at 17/3.
India too lose a review...
Shami comes in and creates problems straightaway. His second ball is sent up for a review for caught behind but the ball was not close to the bat, it grazes the thigh on the way to the keeper. So both teams have lost a review now.
WICKET: Kayes LBW b Ishant
It's the oldest trick in the book that gets Kayes. Ishant after taking a few away, slants this one in and raps Kayes in front of middle ad leg. Joel Wilson gives it out again, and Kayes goes for another review, but this time in vain. He falls for 4, giving India their first wicket in the 7th over.
Kayes survives through a review!
Joel Wilson, the umpire, gets a caught behind decision wrong. Ishant gets one to nip away and beat the outside edge of Kayes, it grazes the batsman's thigh on the way to the 'keeper.
What's the pink ball doing?
Nothing too dramatic so far. Umesh has been trying to bend the ball in from over the wicket, but is struggling to get his lines right. Ishant is doing the opposite, trying to take the ball away from round the wicket to both left-handers. He's been on target but the movement has not been too extravagant. Early signs indicate that the pitch too doesn't hold any demons at the moment.
A cautious start
Both teams seem to be just getting a feel of what's happening with the pink ball in the middle at the moment. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are bowling well within themselves, in the mid 130s, while Bangladesh's openers have tried nothing flashy. The bubble is building...
TOSS: Bangladesh opt to bat
India remain unchanged while Bangladesh make two changes.
India (Playing XI): Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Shadman Islam, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque(c), Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Liton Das(w), Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Al-Amin Hossain, Ebadat Hossain
So how's the pink SG ball going to behave?
Interestingly, this is the first time ever a pink SG ball will be used. There has been pink-ball cricket in India but it's all with the Kookaburra ball. Kohli reflected about his practice session with the SG pink ball. He reckons that it feels heavier and hits the hand harder. Travels faster too, so catches, especially high catches, are going to be difficult. Prakash has written about the fielding challenges here. Sujan Mukherjee, the Eden Gardens curator, has confirmed to Cricbuzz that there's going to be a white sightscreen.
What stands out about this (sudden, eh?) fixture is the lack of a practice match before this. Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque talked about it in the lead up to this game.
Hello and welcome to the first day-night Test in India!
In India's increasing desire for free enterprise, Kolkata is a bit of a forgotten city. After Mumbai, there's Chennai and Delhi and Bengaluru in a perpetual three-way economic battle for the second spot, but Kolkata -- a fellow metropolitan city, once as privileged -- feels lost. To be laid back is no longer a virtue, to be out of sync with the present somewhat self-destructive. So when the city does get the spotlight, it overindulges in the most endearing of ways, as if to compensate for all the time it's missed out.
And doing exactly that, all (well, most) of Kolkata is pink. The Shahid Minar to Howrah Bridge to the Eden Gardens. There are pink-ball themed sweets being made. If you follow Sourav Ganguly on Twitter, you'd know. Prakash Govindasreenivasan, our man at the venue, pings that some of the TV crew, the ground staff are in pink too. Hell there's even a pink blimp in the sky overseeing this all. People have already starting to trickle in. It's sold out. Eden Gardens sold out. Imagine. More than 60,000 people. Pink ball. Floodlights. Can you wait? We can't.
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